The objective of this web quest is to prepare for an in class re-enactment of the trial of King Louis XVI. Explore the history of this trial, and the men who were involved, in order to create your own arguments and participate in an in class staging of the Trial of King Louis XVI. You will be assigned to one of three roles; the King and his counsel, the moderate Girondins, or the radical Jacobins.
While it is most important that you understand the political position of your own group it is always valuable to be able to predict the arguments that your opponents will be making, in order to prepare rebuttals to them, so I advise that you spend some time evaluating the positions of your opponents as well.
Your participation in this assignment will rest upon evidence of research and level of participation during the trial. It will be worth 50 points (25 for evidence of research and 25 for contributions during the trial). Your research should include information from the websites listed below.
The ultimate goal of this project is to re-enact the trial of King Louis XVI. The class rules of the trial are as follows:
The two questions to be decided in this trial are: Is the King guilty of treason (disloyalty to the Revolution)? If guilty, what shall his punishment be?
Each team will have 5 minutes to provide an opening statement and initial arguments, during which time the other teams should listen respectfully and take notes.
At the end of the 5 minutes there will be a 3 minute session during which the other teams may ask clarifying questions of the presenting team.
After all three teams have presented there will be 6 minutes for the teams to gather and formulate rebuttals to their opponents’ arguments.
Then we will have an open session where each team supplies and responds to rebuttals (8 minutes).
The King will have an opportunity to make a last appeal to the court and then a vote will be taken, first on the charge of treason then, if necessary, on the method of punishment.
Access the rest of this document with links on the class web site.
These links should give you enough information to make an argument, but this is not a comprehensive list. If time permits, feel free to explore other sites, especially the links from the sites listed above. Good luck!